Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

Natalie came to the station in 2013.  She moved to the Northwoods from Providence, Rhode Island where she worked at Rhode Island Public Radio.  She studied Environmental Studies at Brown University, and learned radio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. 

As Community Features Editor, Natalie spends time reporting, interviewing, and working with volunteer contributors.  She also hosts All Things Considered on Friday afternoons. 

When she's not rushing to and from an interview, she enjoys cooking, eating, playing music, and skiing to survive the winter.

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Renovations Still Needed
2:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Golden Harvest Moves, Rhinelander Food Pantry Prepares For New Building

The former Golden Harvest building will soon house the Rhinelander Food Pantry.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Rhinelander Food Pantry got a step closer to a new home Monday, as the Golden Harvest grocery store opened its new location.  But there’s still a few months of work ahead before the food pantry can open its new doors.

The old Golden Harvest grocery building on Coon Street sits nearly empty, as the store finishes a move to a new building more than twice as large.  Golden Harvest owner Timothy Conjurske says until now the store was bursting at the seams.

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Diversity of Species
11:00 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Hundreds of Native Bee Species Can Also Pollinate Crops

Metallic green sweat bees are one category of native bees in Wisconsin.
Credit Beatriz Moisset / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halictidae#mediaviewer/File:Augochloropsis_metallica_female.jpg

Scientists think wild bees can be as helpful in pollinating certain crops as honeybees.  

University of Wisconsin Madison grad student Rachel Mallinger is in the Northwoods Monday talking about the value of the state’s native bees.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Mallinger about wild bees and the online identification guide she developed to help people appreciate wild bee diversity.

Mallinger says while honeybees are nonnative, there are hundreds of species of native bees that also help pollinate crops. 

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Three Vehicle Accident
5:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Update:(7/25)Fatal Traffic Crash Kills One, Injures 14 in Arbor Vitae

A three-vehicle crash on Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae has left one person dead and fourteen injured. 

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office got the 911 call just after 10 am Thursday. 

A 67-year-old Minocqua woman driving north was struck by another vehicle in the same lane, driven by a 49-year-old woman from Woodruff.

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Aired on Al Jazeera America
11:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Investigative Film on Penokee Mine Comes to Northern Wisconsin

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A film about a proposed mine in the Penokee Range is screening around the state and in northern Wisconsin. 

Milwaukee-based 371 Productions produced the film for Al Jazeera America’s investigative series Fault Lines.

The half-hour documentary looks at how Gogebic Taconite’s iron mine would impact the environment and the livelihoods of people in northern Wisconsin, and raises questions about the democratic process and the passage of the state’s new ferrous mining bill. 

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Arts & Life
4:57 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Torches, Pigments and Wax: Encaustic Painting at School of the Arts

Student Susan Schneider says she loves working with many different kinds of media in her art.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Five days of art workshops wrapped up today at School of the Arts in Rhinelander.  Classes ranged from poetry writing, to drumming, to painting with beeswax. It's an old art with a new following. 

Instructor Ashley Gordon is wielding a propane torch during this intermediate course in encaustics, or beeswax painting.  The heat fuses the layers of wax together, and fills the air with the distinct smell of beeswax candles.  Gordon says her love for encaustics is about more than just getting to play with fire.

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Swimming Accident
4:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

UPDATE: Star Lake Woman Dies After Rescuing Kids From Drowning

A Star Lake woman has died, after helping rescue a group of kids from drowning. 

47-year-old Karen Wessel was walking Tuesday with two other women and four children…along Trampers Trail of East Star Lake. 

According to one of the surviving women, the group stopped for a swim and three of the kids began to swim across a channel that runs between the shoreline and a sandbar further out in the lake. 

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Bringing Kids to the Library
6:07 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Fast and Slow, Worms Wriggle at Rhinelander Library

Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

The Rhinelander District Library had a day at the races…when more than a hundred kids competed in the 28th annual Worm Race.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, some worms just move faster than others.    

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Rescue Attempt
5:04 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Two Hospitalized After Nearly Drowning

A woman and child have been hospitalized after nearly drowning in Star Lake in Vilas County Tuesday. 

Shortly before one o’clock Tuesday, the Vilas County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting two adult women were trying to rescue three children swimming in Star Lake. 

The women apparently rescued two of the children without incident, but when rescuing the third child, one of the women went under the water, along with the child.  A family friend arrived on a boat to pull them out of the water. 

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Summer Months Good for Sales
6:21 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Home Sales Rise For First Time in 2014

Home sales were up last month for the first time this year.  According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association, over 4 percent more homes sold in Wisconsin in June than in that month last year.

In the northern part of the state, that increase is a little higher – with sales up more than five percent. 

Housing sales for the year to date are still behind compared to 2013, thanks to five consecutive months of lower sales.

Economist Dave Clark says it’s a good time to see a turnaround. 

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Diverse Media
6:18 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Nothing Northwoods About It: Northern National Set to Open

The Northern National features almost ninety works from around the country.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Northern National art exhibit opens Tuesday night at Nicolet College.  It includes artwork from all over the country…that ranges from oil paintings to quilts. 

Natalie Jablonski spoke with judge Linda Benedict-Jones…from the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh…about her approach to jurying a large exhibit.  

She selected the works in the show, whittling down more than 500 submissions to about 90.

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